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GOLD & DIAMONDS Amazon, southern Venezuala, South America. Panning for gold in a stream. Gold and diamond panners, mining for gold and silver in the rivers. Ecological biosphere and fragile ecosystem where flora and fauna, and native lifestyles are threatened by progress and development. The rainforest is home to many plants and animals who are endangered or facing extinction. This region is home to indigenous primitive and tribal peoples including the Yanomami and Macuxi.